A Grief Lived

by Marcy J. Haag

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 04/03/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781452553771

About the Book

In A Grief Lived, the reader is swept into the immediacy of the struggle to save the life of Matt, Marcy’s husband. The tearing apart of the physical reality as Matt dies unexpectedly takes Marcy to the brink, where God, meaning, and life itself are all in doubt. We become privy to the innermost experience of one who traverses the landscape of grief. Through Elizabeth’s writing, we see the story of sisters whose love grows ever deeper when they are bonded through death and the life after it. And we see how a family closes ranks during a painful crisis to both grieve and grow through this most human experience.


What gives this book its unique character is that the story is told by two sisters. We see both the griever and caretaker in a simultaneous experience.

About the Author

Dr. Marcy J. Haag is associate dean at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of North Texas. She is a master trainer of Say It Straight,™ a communication skills program that prevents risky behaviors and promotes wellness.


Just two years into her graduate school work, her husband, Matt, abruptly died. At thirty-six, along with Matt, she lost the meaning in her life. In this work, we gain an insider’s perspective into the world of one widow living the experience of grief shaped by sudden death.


Elizabeth M. Quoetone is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Branch, which trains NWS forecasters on the complexity of severe-weather warnings.


The journey with her sister led to unexpected challenges and amazing discoveries. Elizabeth has since completed a five-year course of study in spiritual direction formation through the Benedictine Sisters at the Red Plains Monastery in Piedmont, Oklahoma. As a result, she is now providing spiritual direction to others on life's journey.